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Flooding Recedes

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

The weather is continuing to clear with no flood producing rain expected for the rest of the day with good weather forecast from this evening.

The rivers are beginning to drop in the Nelson Tasman Region, however there is still need to be cautious. People are encouraged to stay out of the rivers until they run clear as there will be a substantial amount of floating debris.

Power Power to Rockville and Bainham is still out with crews currently working to reconnect power residents. Power to all other affected areas has been restored.

Rivers The Aorere River has dropped a metre since peaking but will be at a high level for another two hours at least. The Anatoki and Waingaro Rivers have peaked and are continue to drop. The Riwaka River has experienced average flooding but is now receding. However, the Wangapeka River will continue to run at a high level for the next couple of hours (see webcam footage - ).

Roading The Totaranui Road is now clear. The road to Ferntown, between Collingwood and the start of the Heaphy Track, is still impassable. The James Road Bridge in Bainham has been washed away. We have yet to confirm if there are any people, apart from the few residents accounted for, isolated on the other side.

General advice to residents and campers People throughout the region are urged to keep away from streams and rivers and people are encouraged to exercise care on all the region's roads.

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